Since the parade of horrors from our current political clusterfuck have finally kinda dragged me down… I decided this morning instead to pour myself a coffee, put on a record (the new Pallbearer album) and dig out some old photography books. If you’re a fan of male erotical (and why else would you be reading my blog?), you’re probably at least a passing fan of Robert Mapplethorpe.
He died in 1989 when I was still in college and because of my lack of gay and lesbian art history knowledge, I knew very little about him until years later. But even without knowing really who he was, Mapplethorpe was a huge influence on me. As a teenager, I’d get my hands on any gay porn I could and the work of artists like him and Tom Of Finland would be featured often.
You can get this book at the Getty Museum website where it’s currently on sale… trust me you’ll love his artwork, but the book tells such an incredible story of an artist inventing his own medium.